Tag Archives: Ahmadinejad

Was today your birthday? then lucky you as you share it with..

28 Oct

none other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad himself.

Oh yes, 28th of October is the day when the village of Aradan in Iran’s Semnan province first heard the patter of tiny feet in 1956.  ahmadinejad

And since then, those very same feet have destroyed many things inside Iran.

But, you can’t say Ahmadinejad is not a man of miracles. How can you not believe in miracles when according to the Iranian regime in 2009 he won the presidential elections with votes cast for him in the state of Israel itself. Oh yes, those non-existent ballot boxes in Jerusalem were full of Ahmadinejad votes, thus allowing him to win his non-existent “people’s” victory.

But don’t be sad because you share a birthday with the man . There are people worse off than you. Feel bad for me. I spent so much time researching his life for his biography which I coauthored in 2007 that on couple of occasions I dreamed that I was speaking with him. I distinctly remember that in one dream I was asking him why in 2005 he said he father had died in 1993 when in fact he was alive. His father died in 2006 and not 1993. I can tell you one thing about that experience: at least I will never suffer from narcolepsy.

And we are not the only lucky ones. Today, on his 58th birthday the people of Iran received a brand new newspaper called HOMA (Havadaran-e Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) or supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You can say what you want about the sanctions, from now on with this newspaper no one can complain about the lack of medication for insomnia in Iran.

So to all you birthday boys and birthday gals today, if you can’t beat the Mach-mood (Mahmoud in an Israeli accent) then join him. Put your dancing shoes on and start dancing to this funky video, made in honor of the man who put the MAD in AhMADinjead. Oh yeah…


Ahmadinejad’s return may be boost for Rouhani

21 Apr

Rouhani is the anti-Ahmadinejad and vice versa.

Their supporters view the other side with deep suspicion and animosity.

Yet the return of Ahmadinejad to Iranian politics could be good news for Rouhani.

Sounds counter intuitive?

Read below to find out why it could make sense.


Ahmadinejad case gets postponed

6 Jan


On the day of Ahmadinejad’s reported hearing, the head of Tehran’s criminal court declared that today was not the day to review his case. According to him, in fact no date has been set for his second court appearance.

Meanwhile the Conservative Mashregh news, which broke the story yesterday that Ahmadinejad was set to appear in court today quoted a “well-informed judicial source” that today was indeed the day of Ahmadinejad’s hearing.

So here we have two possibilities:

1. Mashregh news got the dates wrong.

2 – Ayatollah Khamenei and other regime insiders decided that today is not the appropriate time to go ahead with his case.

Is this the end of story?

That depends on:

1. Whether Ahmadinejad makes more problems

and more importantly….

2. If the situation in Iran gets worst and Ayatollah Khamenei needs a fall guy. Ahmadinejad’s policies were disastrous for Iran’s economy, but the man behind his decisions in numerous cases was Khamenei himself. Why not let Ahmadinejad take the fall?

These are some scenarios to ponder from now until Ahmadinejad’s next hearing, if there is going to be one.


Will Ahmadinejad skip his court date tomorrow, again?

5 Jan

Ahmadinejad has a date tomorrow, with a court in Tehran. 

The reason? To answer charges against him from his time as president.

He already skipped one court appearance in late November 2013. It remains to be seen whether he will turn up tomorrow.

The question is: will he be arrested if does not turn up again?

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei who is the prosecutor general of Iran stated that during the previous date set for his appearance, not only Ahmadinejad did not turn up, he also did not send his lawyer. Ejei went on to say that in cases where the accused does not turn up, the court in his absence could issue a decision.

Whether the court issues a decision against Ahmadinejad depends more on Iranian politics than on Iranian law. It’s up to the supreme leader to decide whether its worth the headache of sending Ahmadinejad to jail or to even find him guilty. In a perfect world, I don’t think he would want to do that, as Ahmadinejad during his first five years was almost like a son to Khamenei.

But after their public falling out in 2011, Ahmadinejad’s behavior made it increasingly difficult for the supreme leader to defend him.

For now, Ahmadinejad’s allies are increasingly being harassed by the regime’s legal system.  Lets see what happens tomorrow. There are many people in Iran, perhaps more than outside of Iran who would love to see Ahmadinejad put away.

To Iran regime, the life of an Iranian is worth $20 (approximately)

3 Jul

To the Iranian regime, the life of Iranians is not worth much. It has proven it time and again.

$60 USD for killing three innocent Iranians, thats what you have to pay as fine if you are a former regime official.

This is the amount which Saeed Mortazavi, the former prosecutor of Tehran was charged as punishment for his crimes.

According to Al Monitor:

Mortazavi, who was prosecutor-general of Tehran in 2009, was charged along with two other deputies in February with “filing a false report” and “unlawful arrest” in connection to the transfer of street protesters to Kahrizak prison.

The same report then goes on to say that:

According to various reports, Mortazavi and two others were suspended for life from judicial duties and banned for five years from government work.

This is a cruel joke. Mortazavi is well connected to Ahmadinejad and his followers. He is not going to be short of money. There was no way he was going to be allowed into Rouhani’s government anyway, so not being able to hold government jobs for five years will almost be meaningless to him.

The same for being suspended for life from judicial duties. One of the main factors which helped Mortazavi to have his job was Ahmadinejad and his closeness with Khamenei. Thats now over. So there was little chance that Mortazavi was going to keep his job in the judiciary anyway. So being barred from judicial duties will also have very little impact on him.

Khamenei has not changed. He is still the same man. Today he proved that. The only reason Rouhani is there which is why he was allowed to win, was due to the dire economic situation in Iran, brought about by mismanagement and sanctions. He is expected to fix that. To the regime, the average life of an Iranian is unlikely to be worth more after or even during his term, no matter how moderate he may sound.

Ahmadinejad cancels his third trip – Iran 2013 presidential elections

21 May

Ahmadinejad has just cancelled his third trip in a week (2 domestic and 1 foreign). Something must be going on. 

In my opinion the most probable cause is lobbying.

Its quite possible that he has realized that his colleague Meshai may not be approved by the Guardian Council to run for the upcoming elections. Ahmadinejad could be staying back to help him by lobbying the Office of the Supreme Leader.

To be honest I can’t think of another reason why he would cancel 3 trips in a week. Its very unlike him.

He will have to be careful though. Ahmadinejad can’t push people around like the old days. And he can’t threaten people by saying that he will reveal secrets about them. Well thats not exactly correct. He could, but he risks house arrest.

Rafsanjani will also have to be careful.

He also risks house arrest if he is suspected of fermenting unrest.

There are already numerous people within the regime who accuse Rafsanjani of fermenting the 2009 demonstrations. One reason is a statement made by his wife in 2009. After casting her vote in the 2009 elections, Efat Marashi (aka Mrs Rafsanjani) stated (on camera) that “the youth should pour on to the streets if there are cheating in the elections”.

There are many who are just waiting to settles scores with Rafsanjani. Ayatollah Khamenei just has to give them the word. If there are disturbances in Iran again and Rafsanjani is accused of being behind them, this time I believe that he might just do that.

Debate: Presidential elections in Iran: Crackdowns and power struggles

16 May

A fascinating discussion about Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, hosted by London’s Front line club.  

The panel:

Mehri Honarbin-Holliday is senior research fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University and fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS. She is the author of Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society and Masculinities in Urban Iran.

Kelly Golnoush Niknejad is founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Tehran Bureau, which is hosted by the Guardian. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Innovator Award from Columbia Journalism School for “inspiring, creating, developing, or implementing new ideas that further the cause of journalism”.

Kasra Naji, special correspondent for BBC Persian TV and author of Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader.

Chaired by:

Azadeh Moaveni, a former Middle East correspondent for Time magazine who has reported on Iran since 1999. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening.